While many facilities in the region have voluntarily closed their doors in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Fraser Health has now officially ordered all indoor gyms and fitness facilities in the region to close immediately.
The order was made Wednesday by Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Martin Lavoie, and applies to weight training, gymnastics, and martial arts facilities, yoga studios, dance studios, and other similar facilities.
In announcing its decision, Fraser Health said Lavoie determined “that the use of these facilities can promote the transmission of COVID-19, increasing the risk of further spread of this virus in our communities.”
Moving forward, facilities subject to this order are “encouraged to use virtual means,” such as online classes, to connect with patrons and clients.
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The order expires on May 31, 2020, although Fraser Health noted it is subject to revision, cancellation, or extension by Dr. Lavoie.
The closure announcement is the latest in a series of similar announcements throughout the region.
In late March, the City of Vancouver announced the closure of most of its civic facilities, including community centres, pools, fitness centres, ice rinks, and golf courses.